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    Steussie Expected to Re-Sign

    Monday, November 19, 2007

    By Nick Wagoner
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    For the better part of the year, the Rams have been losing linemen with no hope for return. On Tuesday, the Rams will finally get one of those linemen back in the fold when Todd Steussie is almost certain to sign on for the rest of the season.

    Steussie, of course, suffered a broken foot in the preseason finale against Kansas City. Rather than stash him on the roster for 10 weeks for him to recover or place him on injured reserve, St. Louis opted to agree to an injury settlement with Steussie.

    That left the door open for Steussie to return to the Rams without them having to use a roster spot for an inactive player for the majority of the season.

    On his return, Steussie will be expected to step in immediately and help fortify an offensive line that allowed six sacks to San Francisco for the second time this season.

    “Knowing Todd, I think he will be available for this game,” coach Scott Linehan said. “I know he is in very good condition. We would like to get him ready as soon as possible. He is one of those guys, a veteran that works very hard to stay in shape but he’s going to have to get some work under his belt this week to get himself as close to playing shape again as possible.”

    Steussie has stayed in St. Louis since the injury and has been working diligently to maintain playing shape while away from the Russell Training Center. As part of the injury settlement, Steussie was not allowed to work out with the team or attend meetings because he was not on the roster.

    That means it was on Steussie to stay in shape. While Linehan has not seen Steussie since his departure, his wife has. Steussie and Linehan’s children attend the same school.

    “My wife tells me, ‘Steussie looks like he’s in shape, you may want to re-sign him,’” Linehan said. “He couldn’t be around here. Everything he’s done has been on his own. He lives here, but he’s one of those guys you don’t worry about because you know he’s working hard.”

    Steussie is indeed a workout warrior, but his role upon return and his level of readiness remain to be seen.

    The many injuries on the offensive line have left the Rams searching for the right mix of continuity in talent.

    Where Steussie fits into that mix will be determined later this week. Center Brett Romberg is still working to recover from a right ankle sprain and could be back this week. Center Andy McCollum is dealing with a sore right now and his status could be in question this week.
    The Rams’ struggles protecting the quarterback have come all the way across the line, but the right side had the biggest openings in Sunday’s game. That’s where Steussie will almost certainly fit in.

    Steussie started at tackle and guard in 2006 and could handle either spot for the rest of the season. Nick Leckey has handled right guard and Brandon Gorin and Rob Petitti have been splitting duty at tackle.

    “There’s consideration for both but we are looking at a couple of scenarios,” Linehan said. “Some of it has to do with how healthy we are on Wednesday. There are a couple of question marks.”

    Left tackle Alex Barron is also dealing with a strained neck and if he couldn’t go, Steussie might have to jump in immediately at left tackle.

    With that in mind, Linehan hopes Steussie will be ready right away and believes that’s a real possibility.

    “It’s realistic,” Linehan said. “It’s just where we’re at. If we went back in time and said if he came back in time for this week that it would be anything we would be considering but because of the circumstances we are in on the offensive line with injuries.”

    HALL’S BIG HIT: Diminutive return man Dante Hall made his return to the Rams lineup against San Francisco on Sunday and he wasted no time making his presence felt.

    While Hall usually makes his greatest impact on special teams, he waited to make a difference there until later in the game. On the Rams’ opening drive, Hall made a pair of big plays to spur the Rams to the lone touchdown of the game.

    On the second play from scrimmage, Hall took a pitch on an end around for 9 yards and a first down. But his biggest impact came four plays later on a running play of all things.

    Running back Steven Jackson took the handoff from quarterback Marc Bulger and cut outside. As cornerback Nate Clements closed in on Jackson, Hall came out of nowhere and with no fear blasted the unsuspecting Clements.

    Jackson took it 37 yards to set up a 3-yard touchdown toss to receiver Torry Holt.

    “I saw him peel back, and it’s good to see that,” Bulger said. “He’s not a huge guy, but for him to stick his nose in like that, it was good. It’s nice when they’re not really looking. But he’s not a big guy, and being a punt returner and a kickoff returner, that’s a scary job in the NFL. So, he’s fearless.”

    Hall waited until the fourth quarter to show his value on special teams, taking a punt back 29 yards to San Francisco’s 33 to set up an all important field goal that made it a two-score game.

    “When we needed to stretch it into a two score game, he came up with our big special teams play,” Linehan said.

    INJURY REPORT: There were no significant injuries to report after Sunday’s game but there are plenty of Rams banged up heading into this week. How many of them are available this week against Seattle remains to be seen.

    On the list of players expected to be limited this week in practice are Barron (strained neck), defensive end James Hall (sore left ankle), Romberg, linebacker Will Witherspoon (sore left foot), defensive tackle Claude Wroten (sprained right ankle) and receiver Torry Holt and center Andy McCollum (sore right knees).

    Barron suffered the strain early in Sunday’s game, but played through it and finished the game.
    Hall has been dealing with the ankle injury since the Cleveland game, but also played through the injury against the *****.

    “It’s been getting sore on him and he hasn’t really missed anything,” Linehan said. “One thing I have learned about James from the get go is he misses very little when it comes to practice reps or anything like that. It’s that time of the year where it’s getting sore on him so we have to give him some limited reps during the week so when we get closer to the week we will increase them.”

    Romberg had a setback in practice last week and was inactive against San Francisco. He is expected to return this week, but his role remains in question.

    Witherspoon and Wroten should be fine, according to Linehan. Holt has been monitoring his knee all season and will continue to be limited during the Wednesday workouts. McCollum banged up his knee against the ***** and will be limited Wednesday like he was last week.

    RAM BITS: Rookie Adam Carriker continues his education in the NFL by playing all across the defensive line. Carriker played both tackle spots and end against the ***** on Sunday and the coaching staff is still getting a feel for where his permanent home in the NFL will be…The Rams have put a halt on the turnover avalanche in recent weeks, with no turnovers since the bye week. It’s no coincidence they have won two games in a row since that statistic has turned in their favor…Punters Donnie Jones and San Francisco’s Andy Lee combined for 17 punts in Sunday’s game, a veritable Pro Bowl punt off for two of the NFC’s finest at the position. For the record, Lee came out a notch ahead of Jones in the game and has pushed ahead in the NFL rankings. Jones is third in the league in gross average at 48.9 yards while Lee sits first at 49.7.


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    Re: Steussie Expected to Re-Sign

    That block by Dante' Hall, pancaking Clements was awesome.

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    Re: Steussie Expected to Re-Sign

    Here's hoping TS stays put as a Ram. I still think (more as in suppose) this is what he prefers, at least up to the end of this season. And it sounds like he's healthy too.

    As for Hall, super block: little Dante put a big denteh on Clementeh!

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    Re: Steussie Expected to Re-Sign

    Of course we'll sign Steussie...he meets the requirements....spent last Sunday watching football on his couch...lol

    I am concerned that Mccollum has sore right knees. Having one right knee being sore is bad, but more than one...gotta be rough.

    Barron's neck sprain is probably from that neck thing he wears. However, that neck-thing is great for catching water on rainy days to irrigate the hair on Alex's back. The neck sprain didn't seem to slow down Barron on his penalties....

    Dante Hall's great blow-up of Clements was spectacular. A few weeks ago, Dante was going to cancel his myspace account because he didn't have time to keep up with it. I sent him a message that he should leave it up even if he didn't check it as people still like to have a connection to the players on their team. I saw he was on last night..I bet he was looking for comments about his destruction of Clements. If any of you have a myspace, go post a comment about the hit.

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    Re: Steussie Expected to Re-Sign

    We need the depth...
    and great hit by Hall

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    Re: Steussie Expected to Re-Sign

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    Steussie is 79 years old.

    Didn't this year show he can't be depended on to step in and remain healthy?

    Would need youth and power infused into our line.

    If we are depending on McCollum and Steussie NEXT YEAR - in any capacity - that's a warning sign!
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    Re: Steussie Expected to Re-Sign

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Soprano View Post
    Steussie is 79 years old.

    Didn't this year show he can't be depended on to step in and remain healthy?

    Would need youth and power infused into our line.

    If we are depending on McCollum and Steussie NEXT YEAR - in any capacity - that's a warning sign!

    Your point is well taken Tony. :r

    I don't think Steussie will be back next year (at least not with us); ditto for McCollum. Too many miles in both odometers and the chassis / suspension have been misaligned too many times.

    The thing is what to do right now for the next six games. I hadn't but some here have even considered calling Andy Timmerman. You know "...calling all Ram reserves, calling all former Ram OL". It is a desperate measure given the desperate times we're in in that department. Perhaps Steussie, knowing the system, especially if it is more diluted now, could lend a much needed hand.

    He would at minimum be a working body to have in the depth garage.
    Last edited by RealRam; -11-20-2007 at 12:59 AM. Reason: Typing

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